Weâ€™re heading into the weekend. Itâ€™s been a long, hot week. Good things happened and some bad. A lot was accomplished then there were things put on hold. What happened in your week?
Running News: It was a fun week. When a marathon is scheduled in the late Fall, the summer training takes on a casual air. Run when you want, how long you want, and simply enjoy the fact that you can run. Iâ€™m heading into Philadelphia training but still have time to be nonchalant about it. Iâ€™ve tried to keep up some distance runs since Boston, my longest being 16 miles which I did today. Since Saturday begins a three day weekend for Ted and I (celebrating our upcoming anniversary on the 27th), the long run had to be worked in before real work began on Friday. Itâ€™s tough getting up that early but Iâ€™ve been setting my alarm for 4 am for over a year now. The body gets used to it. Donâ€™t even begin to think I get away with going to bed at 11. Iâ€™m an 8:30 â€“ 9:00PM sleeper. Like I said, the body gets used to it.
Those 16 miles: 14 on the treadmill. I was up too early to feel safe outside and it was 82 degrees. Shane wasnâ€™t about to come with me for any miles in that heat. I put on the tunes and the news and ran. The last 2 miles, I took Shane around the college and basically jogged to finish.
The upcoming weekend: Niagara Falls Canada. Weâ€™ll be staying in luxury and enjoying the sights. No bikes. No running shorts, tops, nor sneakers (wellâ€¦maybe. BUT donâ€™t tell TED!). Canâ€™t wait!
A funny thing happened the day I made these cookies. I went grocery shopping and was just getting started groping choosing my melons when all of a sudden the lights flickered in the store. A few seconds later, everything went dark. There was a soft murmur as shoppers let out a â€œOooohhh!â€ Then there was a loud shout from the manager high tailing it towards the front of the store â€œNOBODY MOVE!!!â€ I dropped my melons. What was going to happened â€“ braced for excitement. The lights came back on and the store resumed itâ€™s normal buzz. Oh well. What could have been a really exciting shopping day turned out to be just a little hiccup in a normal day at the store.
Maybe cookies made with coconut are called hay stacks because the coconut pokes out around the cookieâ€™s edge? Not sure and I wonâ€™t over analyze it.
My coconut M&M Haystack Cookies are made without the added fat of butter or oil, I use a banana. They use less added sugar because we use coconut and coconut M&Mâ€™s in the cookie which add to the sweetness.
White Whole Wheat flour is used in place of all-purpose for more nutritional punch and of course, 3 cups of oatmeal. Mmmmmmâ€¦. ENJOY!
Makes 3 dozen cookies
- 1 slightly over ripe banana
- 1/3 cup brown sugar â€“ packed
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups dry oatmeal (I used 1 cup old fashioned and 2 cups quick cooking but it doesnâ€™t really matter what you use)
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 bag coconut M&Mâ€™s Chocolate candies
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, cream the banana with the sugars. Add the egg and the vanilla and beat another 1 to 2 minutes.
Mix the flour, soda, salt. Add to the banana mixture and mix well.
Stir in the oatmeal and coconut. Carefully blend in the M&Mâ€™s.
Drop by rounded teaspoons on a slightly greased cookie sheet (spray with non stick).
Bake for 12 â€“ 14 minutes.
Delicious! These cookies donâ€™t have that â€œI can tell you didnâ€™t use butterâ€ kind of texture. They are firm but still have some chew.
They are sweet but not so much that a thousand ZINGS go off in your mouth.
Youâ€™ll like this cookie.